Today, The Trussell Trust released their annual count of the number of times that people received food parcels distributed by their network of food banks in the past year. It is a substantial rise from last year’s figures, up by about 13% from 2016-17. In response, The Trussell Trust has raised concerns about the ongoing benefit freeze and the impact of transitions to full-service Universal Credit on food bank use.
As the body of research on household food insecurity in the UK grows, we’ve identified a need for a resource that provides up-to-date facts and figures on this critical issue. As interventions are being designed and policy asks are being formulated, it is critical that research informs this work.
This is a blog post by Courtney Scott of the Food Foundation - reproduced here with permission.
TODAY in parliament, Emma Lewell-Buck MP will be giving a first reading of the Ten Minute Rule Bill on the measurement of household food insecurity. The Bill is asking the government to regularly measure levels of food insecurity in the UK, something that, until now, has been done infrequently and without leading to action.